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Is Apple Cider Vinegar Effective in Dissolving Kidney Stones?

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May 18, 2018 0 82 3 minutes, 21 seconds read
Anil Kumar Varshney - Max Hospital
Director & Senior Consultant - Institute Of Minimally Invasive Urology And Lasers

Kidney stone, also known as nephrolithiasis, forms when there is an increase in stone-forming substances in the urine or a decrease in the urine volume. These hard deposits, if not treated on time can create complications like blocking the urinary tract. Anyone who has gone through the pain caused by kidney stones can vouch for the fact that they can cause extreme discomfort and be horribly painful, to say the least.

To get rid of these concentrated crystalline masses is a task bigger than one can imagine. Whether through home remedies or kidney stone surgery, one should work towards dissolving them before they travel too far into the urinary tract or become too large.

What are the Symptoms of Kidney Stones?

Though severe pain is one of the most common kidney stone symptoms, other signs that indicate kidney stones include:

  • Pain in the back, belly, or side
  • Burning sensation or pain during urination
  • Frequent and urgent urination
  • Blood in urine
  • The sense of incomplete bladder emptying
  • Smelly or cloudy urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills and fever

Early detection is vital in the treatment of kidney stones. Fortunately, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) comes handy in treating kidney stones. Patients who have been through the pain of kidney stones, swear by the miraculous effects of apple cider vinegar in treating kidney stones. Furthermore, it also provides relief from the pain caused by the stones.

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Known for treating many skin conditions and other ailments, apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apples. The acetic acid content kills bad bacteria and fosters the growth of good bacteria. This makes apple cider vinegar a natural antibiotic that effectively resolves immunity, digestive and skin problems. The good part is that it causes no harmful side effects.

How it Helps in Treating Kidney Stones?

Those who are still unaware of the miraculous properties of apple cider vinegar, we are sure it must be hard for them to understand how it helps in treating kidney stones.

Dissolves and Softens – The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar helps in reducing the size and breaking down the kidney stones over time. Once the size is considerably reduced, they can easily pass through the urinary tract.

Cleanses the Body – Regular consumption of apple cider vinegar flushes the toxins out of the body and prevents the formation of kidney stones.

Breaks Down Stone Forming Tissues – The phosphoric, acetic and citric acid in apple cider vinegar significantly helps in breaking down the hard tissues that form kidney stones.

Pumps Up Digestion – The alkalinising effect of apple cider vinegar aids in the process of digestion and further triggers the production of hydrochloric acid. This, in turn, prevents the formation of new kidney stones.

Comforts Pain – The discomfort caused by kidney stones is reduced efficiently by apple cider vinegar.

Ways to Take Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Kidney Stones

We at Max Healthcare, advise the patients to always consume diluted ACV as undiluted apple cider vinegar can burn the throat and cause harm to the enamel of the teeth. Furthermore, they should also rinse their mouth immediately after consumption.

Though there are several ways to consume apple cider vinegar, one of the simplest is to mix 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water. Raw honey can be added to enhance the flavour. Furthermore, adding lemon to it also causes positive effects on the body.

To create a powerful kidney stone remedy out of apple cider vinegar, combine:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of ACV
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

This concoction increases lubrication and helps pass the stones easily.

Final Words!

It is vital to seek consultation from a health advisor before starting any home remedy to treat kidney stones. On the other hand, if apple cider vinegar is not showing any signs of improvement, one should seek immediate medical treatment to avoid further complications. It is crucial for people to care of their health, especially those who have had kidney stones in the past or have a family history. 

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